MAJOR VERDICT: $4.8 Million Awarded to Man with Defective C.R. Bard Mesh

In the biggest verdict to have ever come out of the ongoing hernia mesh lawsuit, a Rhode Island jury ruled for C.R. Bard to pay $4.8 million to a Hawaiian man who suffered severe intestinal injuries for years after his hernia mesh implant was installed. The specific hernia mesh model used on the plaintiff was the Ventralex Hernia Patch, a device made with a type of plastic called polypropylene.

C.R. Bard, a now-acquired medical device company rebranded as “Bard” in 2017, was found liable for negligence by failing to warn patients who have had the Ventralex Hernia Patch installed of the risks involved with the product. Bard insisted that the quality of the plastic used in its medical products was safe for the human body, but the plaintiff’s attorney refuted that claim, telling the jury that the manufacturer had switched to a cheaper, lower-quality polypropylene supplier after the 2017 acquisition.

This new verdict spells trouble for Bard and its parent company, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), in future hernia mesh cases. Currently, there are two multidistrict litigations (MDLs) for the incoming hernia mesh lawsuits against C.R. Bard to be funneled into: a federal MDL in Ohio, and a state MDL in Rhode Island. This was the first C.R. Bard hernia mesh case to go to trial at the state level, after two cases previously went to trial on the federal level.

Today, the federal C.R. Bard MDL is one of the largest mass tort MDLs in the United States, racking up over 17,000 individual lawsuits. If Bard gets hit with similar verdicts to this $4.8 million bombshell in the future, then the medical device subsidiary may eventually be forced to agree to a global hernia mesh settlement to resolve its remaining cases.

Now that the first major verdict in the hernia mesh lawsuit has been awarded, now is the perfect time to see if you could be next. If you or an immediate family member received a defective hernia mesh implant and had to go back to your doctor for a follow-up revision surgery to resolve medical complications, see if you qualify to join the lawsuit.